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Monday, July 11th, 2016

Climate Change is Affecting North American Fish

Climate change is already affecting inland fish across North America — including some fish that are popular with anglers. Scientists are seeing a variety of changes in how inland fish reproduce, grow, and where they can live, according to four new studies published this week in a special issue of Fisheries magazine. “Thanks to this synthesis,

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Understanding Ice Loss in Earth’s Coldest Regions

How do ice sheets melt in places where surface conditions are too cold for melting? Glaciers in the McMurdo Dry Valley rarely are observed to be actively melting, yet runoff from these glaciers feeds streams, lakes, and associated ecosystems in the valleys, which are among the coldest and driest ecosystems on Earth. The processes generating

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Climate Change Has Reshuffled UK Wildlife Calendar

Climate change is already affecting the UK’s wildlife calendar, and it’s likely this will continue into the future, according to new research published in the journal Nature. The results suggest that seasonal events – such as the timing of flowering in plants and bird breeding behaviour – are generally more sensitive to temperature change, than

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Better Integration of Land Use Impacts Needed Across EU Policies

Land is a valuable and limited resource. The environmental impact of land used for building new roads, houses or energy grids should be better integrated into European Union policies, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency. A preliminary review on how land is used in the EU found that more attention

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Model Predicts How Forests Will Respond to Climate Change

VANCOUVER, Wash.—Drought could render the U.S. Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050 while Washington’s Cascade Mountains may require tropical and subtropical forest species, according to researchers using a new type of mathematical model at Washington State University. The Tolerance Distribution Model (TDM) is the first to use the tolerances of different types of forests to

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Fertilizer’s Legacy: Taking a Toll on Land and Water

Tempe, Ariz.—The world’s total human population has jumped to over 7.4 billion just this year. Feeding the human species takes a tremendous toll on our natural resources including water, soil and phosphorus — a chemical element in fertilizer essential for food production. In modern agriculture, fertilizer often leaks into waterways such as rivers, lakes and

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Ozone Does Not Necessarily Promote Decline of Natural Ecosystems

Environmental scientists at the University of Virginia have found that surface ozone, an abundant chemical known to be toxic to many species of vegetation and to humans, does not necessarily inhibit the productivity of natural ecosystems. “This is a rare piece of good news in the ozone and ecology story,” said Manuel Lerdau, an ecologist

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

California Drought Impact of $2.2 billion and 17,100 Agricultural Jobs

A new study reveals that California’s historic drought will cost the state $2.2 billion in 2014 and result in the loss of more than 17,000 jobs. 

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Society of Satellite Professionals International Launches Web Site Making the Case for Satellite as Essential to the World

The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today launched How Satellites Make a Better World (www.BetterSatelliteWorld.com), a Web site cataloging the enormous contributions of satellite technology to human welfare, the economy, peace and security.   The site is part of a long-term campaign, Making the Case for Satellite, which seeks to raise awareness of satellite